Art of Woman

The Little Shell

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The Little Shell is a delightful book written by Leonie Pye, a Belconnen resident. It is a collaborative work from skilled local people including illustrations by artists from from Open Art Group at Belconnen Community Centre, Lida Emami, Timothy Burke, Jenelle Outhwaite and Cameron Michael, graphic design by Susan Hey and photography by Margaret Kalms, also Belconnen residents.

The little shell finds herself washed up and broken, exposed on the beach. She is frightened and vulnerable and believes that she is not worth anything because she is broken. Will she ever fell safe again? The story is a metaphor for life. It demonstrates the joy of appreciating beauty in us all including our differences and imperfections.

It is written in easy language so that a young child could read it on their own. Yet the story has layers of meaning and different teaching aspects that a parent or teacher could bring out over many occasions of reading. The discussion points could engage older children and even adults.

This will make a great present for a small person in your life.

Leonie Pye is legally blind and gets around with her faithful guide dog, Franklin. She very generously is donating 20% of sale price to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

You can hear Leonie Pye in an interview recorded by ArtSound FM 92.7 (or 90.3 Tuggeranong) on Saturday 21 December 2013 on Artcetera. She spoke very well, articulating her story in a lucid and candid way. It was moving to listen to. Leonie has overcome many difficulties to publish this book and it is inspiring to understand how she has achieved this success. Franklin, her guide dog, rattled his lead to make sure he was included in the discussion!

The Little Shell by Leonie Pye - ArtSound FM interview 19MB

See ArtSound FM 92.7 programmes at; http://artsound.fm/programs/

Leonie Pye with "The Little Shell" 22 Dec 2013

Buy The Little Shell now at $A16.95 from Dymocks Belconnen and Paperchain Manuka.

Or direct from Leonie
- $A15.00 with $A2.50 postage within Australia.

email: nonibear62@gmail.com Mobile: +61 (0)428 330 073
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More Photography Tutorials

Photography Concentrate is having a sale until 13 December 2013.

There is so much information on the internet, it is hard to know which information is right for you. I have been looking at various downloadable photography tutorials and have selected ones that develop specialist styles of photography. The advantage of downloadable tutorials is that they are not time limited. Once you have them downloaded onto your computer, you can work through the exercises whenever you have some spare time. You can also go practice techniques over and over until you have really gained the skill. My experience is that often what I learnt in class is forgotten a few days later unless I repeat the exercises. With downloadable tutorials, you can repeat them as often as you want. They become a reference material.

Hone your skills with a relevant tutorial from my “Photography Tips and Tutorials” page.

Tutorials include:
Posing Secrets Vol 1 and Vol 2, Landscape photography, Phone photography, Photo editing, Tricks and Special Effects photography, X-factor photography and PhotoShop for Photographers.
If you enjoy these tutorials, please recommend them to your friends.

If you buy one of these tutorials, I will receive a small commission which I will use to fund this website and to continue my “art of woman” photography.


I am presenting a photography workshop as a fund-raiser for Belconnen Artists Network. It is called, "Photography - The Art of Seeing". The workshop is aimed at a general audience and does not assume a sophisticated camera. It will be presented in three parts; 
1. background info such as elements and principles of design, planning photography, overview of camera controls,
2. a practical exercise taking photos and exploring new ways to see ordinary things and,
3. review of participants photos and discussion and evaluation.

The workshop will be held at Strathnairn Arts Centre in the Village Hall.
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Photography and PhotoShop tutorials

A lot of photography success is a result of knowledge and technique. There is a lot of information on the internet, but much of it is a poor standard and it takes time to filter through to the good stuff.

Today, I created a new page titled “Photography tips and tutorials”.

I have gathered together some reputable tutorials and information about photography that I have found helpful and interesting. Although I have been trained in photography in a technical college, there is always more to learn. Of course, the equipment is constantly changing, but I am not focusing on equipment. The information by manufacturers is comprehensive if you want to find out about equipment. I have selected information and tutorials that will develop creativity and ideas. If you work through these tutorials and tips, you will become an excellent photographer and be able to develop your own style.

There is a cost to some of these tutorials, but they are excellent quality and represent good value at reasonable prices. If you enjoy the links and take up the offers, I may receive a small commission, which will be used to continue my art photography practice.

Period Piece 2012

Unleash Your Creativity workshop was a complete success. There was a full attendance and the women were engaged and enjoyed themselves. A lot was learnt and many anecdotal stories were told. It was a venue where personal experience was valued and added to the discussion. My art generated animateds debate and gave the attendees ideas that they had not thought about before. I thoroughly recommend any future workshops presented by Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer. Together they have a wealth of knowledge and experience to give to women.

My photos are on display at the Awareness Centre, 41 Abbeville Rd, in Clapham, London, until 2 December 2012. They are printed on A3+ 310gsm Canson rag archival art paper. These photos are a part of my Period Piece collection and are not the ones as on My Woman Art Gallery page.

You can buy prints from Period Piece 2012.
Simply make your selection from the Gallery Shop page. Find the image you want, set the number of copies you want to buy (multiple copies are available), chose the paper style (either inkjet glossy or Canson rag paper) and click ‘Add to Cart’. Your payment will be managed by PayPal. You do not need to have a PayPal account; major credit cards are accepted.

Prints ordered will be printed and posted as soon as possible. Allow 10–15 days for me to arrange printing and shipping. Prints will be posted in a tube by registered post; shipping times are determined by the postal agencies involved.

If you wish, you may buy art print/s from ‘off the wall’ at the Awareness Centre in Clapham, London. Email me to get a coupon to waive shipping costs. Then make your payment through PayPal from the Gallery Shop page. Email the exhibition organiser, Chrissy Thirlaway to let her know which print/s you are buying. You can collect your print/s from the Awareness Centre at the end of the exhibition on 3 December.

Copyright in all images is owned by Margaret Kalms. Purchased prints may not be copied, photographed or reproduced.
If you are not happy with your purchase contact me within 30 days of delivery to arrange a refund and to return the print. Costs associated with returning any prints are born by the buyer.

Download Period Piece 2012 - catalogue

Alexandria and Sjanie at the workshop
Alexandria and Sjanie at the exhibition

Unleash Your Creativity

It is with great excitement that I invite my followers in London to an exciting workshop hosted by Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer, at the Awareness Centre in Clapham. Alexandra Pope is a co-author of the well known book, The Pill: Are You Sure It’s For You? (Allen and Unwin, 2008) and author of The Wild Genie: The Healing Power of Menstruation, (Sally Milner 2001). This workshop is designed to tap into women’s deep creativity through intimate body awareness. Women’s Quest describe the innovative workshop as follows:

you will learn about the 4 key stages of the creative process and how they are intimately linked with the inner seasons of your cycle.With this understanding, you can: • Discover your secret time for accessing ideas, inspirations and visions • Find a natural motivation and finally give procrastination the boot • And learn about the vital role of the inner critic, and how to harness its power to serve rather than destroy what you are doing

I fully support my photos being used to enhance this workshop for women's creativity. My photos explore different meanings and symbolism associated with menstruation. I have used my own experience, the experiences of friends and relatives and learnt from myths and the images generated by the language women use for the body and slang euphemisms. My photography suits this workshop very well.

Unleash Your Creativity Workshop: 10am-6pm, Sat 29th Sept 2012
Where: The Awareness Centre, 41 Abbeville Rd, Clapham, SW4 9JX www.theawarenesscentre.com
Cost: £85/£50 (students) For concession please apply
For more info: Phone: 07974388973 or info@womensquest.org
The photos will be hanging in the Awareness Centre after the workshop until the end of November.
Women's Quest News 2012 Unleashing Your Creativity

Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis Information Night

Melissa Parker speaking about endometriosis. She used my photographs to engage the audience.
Melissa Parker speaking about endometriosis

On 30May I was invited to display some of my exhibition quality photographs at an endometriosis information evening. The evening was hosted by the Canberra Endometriosis Centre which is dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and management of endometriosis. Many women, from teens to mature women, suffer terribly from endometriosis. Symptoms include severe pelvic pain, heavy bleeding, fertility problems and general ill health. These symptoms disrupt girls’ schooling and cause affected women to take time off work. As a result of these symptoms, endometriosis can put immense stress on relationships; both personal and work relationships. It is a poorly understood disorder and many women suffer for years before diagnosis and effective treatment is implemented.

Guest speaker was Dr Susan Evans from Adelaide. She is a Gynaecologist and Advanced Laporoscope Surgeon who specialises in managing endometriosis and pelvic pain. She has authored several books including Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain (which was available to buy), the e-book Pelvic Pain and The Pelvic Pain Report.

I have a deep compassion for this often hidden suffering and I use my art to promote awareness and to fundraise. Modern medical techniques have progressed and many endometriosis sufferers can be treated. There is no reason for women to suffer for years without treatment.

Endometriosis night was well attended with standing room only in the auditorium. Many aspects of endometriosis were discussed. Melissa Parker (RN RM MNurs, endometriosis coordinator and researcher) from Canberra Endometriosis Centre, used some of my photos, with my permission, in her presentation. They were a contrast to the usual laparoscopy images and clinical diagrams.

It is exciting to see that my photos communicate so effectively. My display in the lobby slowed attendees down. Before and after the formal presentations, the attendees enjoyed looking at my photos and many spoke to me about aspects of women’s intimate health. Many people asked about the ideas I express in my photography. These discussions opened up discussion about support for women sufferers and gave the support group an opportunity to engage with attendees.

Topics and Speakers on the night:
  • Management of Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis: Dr Susan Evans
  • Endometriosis and Fertility: Dr Felicity Brims
  • Living with Endometriosis and Activities of the Canberra Endometriosis Centre: Melissa Parker

Margaret Kalms with some of her photographs from her solo exhibition, “Period Piece”
Margaret Kalms with some of her photographs from her solo exhibition

Buying Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain by Dr Susan Evans
Woman buying the book Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain